Longlevens Rugby Launches ‘Open to All’ Campaign to Secure its Future
Longlevens Rugby invites friends, supporters and the community to help improve our facilities and bridge the financial gap created by the coronavirus pandemic.
View the campaign here.
What is the Open to All Campaign?
Longlevens Rugby is a club that has helped change people’s lives. Offering a place of belonging, without prejudice or judgement, and friendship. Their ethos is to encourage ‘participation’ regardless of experience, age, gender, background, or mental or physical ability. The club refuses to accept that the coronavirus pandemic will impact the vision for the future of the club. View the campaign here.
Let’s keep Longlevens Rugby 'Open to All'.
We need your support!
This Crowdfunding campaign is an SOS to the people of Longlevens, Gloucester, Gloucestershire and beyond. The aim is to continue to improve the facilities off the pitch and give you somewhere to meet, socialise, eat, drink and make friends.
Chris Yorke, Chairman of Longlevens Rugby said: ‘’We are so proud of the services we deliver. From our senior sides, junior teams, our mixed ability rugby side for those with mental or physical disability and our outreach program to children at special educational needs schools.’’
We believe we can offer the best rugby grassroots rugby experience in the area for our diverse player base, supporters and local community. But to achieve our goals we need your support.’’
Former Gloucester Rugby legend Andy Deacon has recently returned to the club, as Director of Rugby, where his playing career started. He said: ‘’I am delighted that Longlevens has awarded me this opportunity. I played my junior and early senior rugby here before moving to Gloucester, I also had a coaching stint a few years ago.’’
On the Crowdfunder campaign, he said: ‘’In particular we would love to see you on our Legends Wall, where your face will line the changing rooms in an idea borrowed from Twickenham.’’
To feature on the wall select 'Buy A Pic' for £10 a square in the rewards section. Grab a space on the wall here
Why are we doing this?
Chris Yorke added: ‘’The coronavirus has put a significant dent in our finances. The rugby club was closed for 106 days over lock down preventing any trade from taking place. So, in order to keep moving forward we need to recover the financial loss incurred over this period.
But we want to do more. We want to offer the best grassroots rugby experience in the area, and to encourage more children and adults to participate in the sport we are so privileged to deliver.’’
Longlevens Rugby aims to improve the experience at their clubhouse. The below image illustrates we the club now (left) to something much improved (like the right-hand picture, illustration purposes only).
How will the funding benefit the Longlevens Community?
The club has been working on plans to significantly improve the facilities. These exciting plans include:
- Major refurbishment of the clubhouse interior including a new room and floor to ceiling glass bi-fold doors securing more light into the venue and views of the playing pitch.
- Major landscaping, drainage, and security for an excellent playing surface throughout the year.
- A complete overhaul of the car park and drainage system for a safer and more attractive environment
Major works come with major costs but if the club hits the target, Sport England will match fund the money raised to help the club complete the vision.
How can you help?
Visit the dedicated Crowdfunder page and either select a reward or choose to donate here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/longlevens-rugby-open-to-all-campaign
- A signed playing shirt by Rugby World Cup winner Phil Vickery
- A framed Manchester United shirt signed by Ryan Giggs
- Feature on the Longlevens Rugby wall
- Sportswear and training kit by Raging Bull
- And much more, with more rewards to be added.
Finally, spread the word to friends and family.
Let’s ensure Longlevens Rugby remains 'Open to All'